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[–] itsnotaboutewe 32 points (+32|-0)

This doesn't surprise me at all. How can they expect women to correctly identify their reproductive organs when we are constantly told that women have penises?

I mean most people don't know much about their internal anatomy at all. We count on doctors telling us what we need to know, often with unfortunate results (especially for non-sperm-producers!)

[–] yikesforever 22 points (+22|-0)

What a transphobic article, assuming women have a cervix, vagina, uterus, menstruate. o m ggggg /s

How can it be only 63% women know what menstruation is for... The numbers seem crazy in this article, idk.

[–] LasagnaRossa 13 points (+13|-0)

Indeed! The article must educate itself: almost 25% of humans don't know where their cervix is

[–] Boudicaea 11 points (+11|-0)

Yeah, I was thinking surely this is some third world country they polled. It was the US, so I guess that somewhat debatable depending on who you're talking about.

[–] [Deleted] 13 points (+13|-0)

Yeah, I was going to say it isn't that surprising. When the "sex education" in a good portion of the U.S. is abstinence-only, it's to be expected that people are uninformed about their bodies.

https://www.dailydot.com/irl/abstinence-only-education/

[–] Boudicaea 9 points (+9|-0)

I am well aware. I was lucky to have avoided that, growing up in the South. My mom was intent on making sure I didn't end up pregnant at 16 though, so really I probably need to credit her more than my sex ed classes.

Perhaps they were taught about it in other, more euphemistic language, rather than a clear medical term. "Becoming a woman," "that time of the month," etc.

[–] Cornelia241 19 points (+19|-0)

No wonder they believe trans women are women.... Where was this study conducted?

"The survey, commissioned by INTIMINA and conducted by OnePoll, asked American respondents what the menstrual cycle was in their own words."

[–] hmimperialtortie 15 points (+16|-1)

Doesn’t surprise me not knowing where internal organs are (don’t ask me to pinpoint my spleen or appendix, either) but not knowing what periods are for is sad and disturbing. But again - unsurprising, given the woeful state of sex education in so many countries.

[–] InvisibleWoman 7 points (+7|-0)

That's shocking to me, actually. I learned where all my organs are in 3rd grade or so and then we were taught more details again every few years. It's the kind of knowledge that really helps if I ever get sick or hurt, because it's much easier and faster to recognise what the problem might be and whether I'm just bloated, cramping or need emergency surgery.

You had better schooling than I did in that respect, then! Probably state schools in the 1970s didn’t run to that sort of thing.

[–] InvisibleWoman 7 points (+7|-0)

Well, I definitely encourage you to close some of the education gaps by yourself if you have the time or motivation. Our bodies work very hard to keep us going, I find it comforting to know about what goes on in there :)

[–] [Deleted] 14 points (+14|-0)

I don’t think anyone here is surprised lol. This is what happens when we’re not allowed to talk about our own fucking reproductive system.

[–] NotCis 9 points (+9|-0)

There are so many reasons to oppose the "person with a cervix" language. Between the barriers faced by women who speak English as a second language to the widespread lack of knowledge about anatomy and the dehumanizing factor, it's just a firm no from me and I'm doing my best to develop strategies to fight this woke language creep in my line of work.

[–] [Deleted] 9 points (+9|-0)

And so many people can't tell the difference between a vulva and a vagina. A friend of mine said trousers were so tight people could see her vagina. Another criticized a thong bikini, saying the public could see the woman's vagina. Unless she was in stirrups, no, you're seeing (the outline of) her external genitalia.

Smart Bitches, Trashy Books (a libfem-academic site about romance novels) also points out that nobody knows what a hymen is, either: all kinds of romances where the man puts his penis one inch into the virginal vagina, and is shocked to 'discover' the hymen there. Just no.

[–] Sova_Mavis 6 points (+6|-0)

were asked [...] what the menstrual cycle was in their own words: ‘I think it’s the way we pee’

I know the education system in the States is not great, but really!? How many of these 2000 women surveyed were TIMs?

Hehe, as an American, I'm afraid I can't explain that one.

I know there are men out there who think that women can "hold" their period like holding in pee, so maybe they went to the same school?

[–] Sova_Mavis 4 points (+4|-0)

haha - I was also remembering an article a woman wrote about her male boss getting angry because she 'wouldn't hold it' (her period). Keep doing those kegels, ladies - lol

[–] Zola 5 points (+5|-0)

It's not like knowledge of the Fallopian tubes or the Uterus is as important as knowing the vagina itself, but they don't know either.